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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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Re: Re: what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
thanks for all the comments! Jim- yeah I'm leaning that way too :) Doug- fuel was overlooked- need to add 3.5 oz for the canister (5.1 for when I carry the 8 oz ones) I have a nice ho...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
February 20, 8:23pm

Dave- we've lost a lot of our low to mid-level snow here as well (although it's snowing as I type this) My wife went to Eureka to visit her Mom via Seeley/Swan route and said they still ha...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
February 20, 7:57pm

snow stakes?
Hi Lawson- was wondering if these might be back in stock anytime soon? thanks Mike

In Gear Deals » Titanium Sand/Snow Stakes
February 20, 6:14pm

agreed 10# will be hard to achieve and possibly unrealistic, but hey always worth giving it a go :) Justin is that your list? Looks pretty well thought out and nice to see several MYOG bits i...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
February 19, 6:07pm

Re: Burrow 0
got the quilt and am quite pleased :) I got a Long/Wide (actually I think it's their X-Wide which isn't on their site), the quilt measures 79" in length and 58" at the shoulders ...

In GEAR » HammockGear Burrow 20* quilt - initial review/impressions
February 19, 6:01pm

touch switch
I soooo wanted to like the new Ion, they should have renamed it as it shares nothing w/ the old Ion except the name runs on two AAA's (lithium is my choice), has a nice range of lumens 5-80 ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Ion Headlamp
February 18, 9:18pm

Re: Re: Re: MB alpine light = ? in synthetic jacket
per Sir Richard N, the Alpine Light has a clo value of ~ 2.5, the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (100 gram Primaloft) ~ 2.4 I own both and would say that those numbers are very close

In GEAR » MB alpine light = ? in synthetic jacket
February 18, 9:02pm

what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
my parred down gear for a 3 day trip for winter (prepared for 0-ish weather) is closer to 15# than 10#, I can get closer to 10 by using a snow trench and only bringing a tarp and bivy, but I'm ...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
February 18, 8:03pm

Re: Take a 100wt fleece
^ this AND a lightweight vest AND a bottom base layer, could be the best 16-20 oz you've ever carried I didn't see you mention a t-shirt, but someone commented on a long sleeve base laye...

In Gear Lists » Can I get away without a mid layer for the CT?
February 17, 8:58pm

Re: Re: Valentine's Day Montana style
^ :) Gary- missed your question; it's been Granite Peak for a long time, not sure why or when it was changed-possibly just what you said (and Dave hinted at!)

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 17, 6:21pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm